Search Result for "literal":
1. a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind;
[syn: misprint, erratum, typographical error, typo, literal error, literal]
1. being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something;
- Example: "her actual motive"
- Example: "a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton
- Example: "a genuine dilemma"
[syn: actual, genuine, literal, real]
2. without interpretation or embellishment;
- Example: "a literal depiction of the scene before him"
3. limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text;
- Example: "a literal translation"
4. avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis);
- Example: "it's the literal truth"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Literal \Lit"er*al\ (l[i^]t"[~e]r*al), a. [F. lit['e]ral, litt['e]ral, L. litteralis, literalis, fr. littera, litera, a letter. See Letter.] 1. According to the letter or verbal expression; real; not figurative or metaphorical; as, the literal meaning of a phrase. [1913 Webster] It hath but one simple literal sense whose light the owls can not abide. --Tyndale. [1913 Webster] 2. Following the letter or exact words; not free. [1913 Webster] A middle course between the rigor of literal translations and the liberty of paraphrasts. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] 3. Consisting of, or expressed by, letters. [1913 Webster] The literal notation of numbers was known to Europeans before the ciphers. --Johnson. [1913 Webster] 4. Giving a strict or literal construction; unimaginative; matter-of-fact; -- applied to persons. [1913 Webster] Literal contract (Law), a contract of which the whole evidence is given in writing. --Bouvier. Literal equation (Math.), an equation in which known quantities are expressed either wholly or in part by means of letters; -- distinguished from a numerical equation. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Literal \Lit"er*al\, n. Literal meaning. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
A constant made available to a process, by inclusion in the executable text. Most modern systems do not allow texts to modify themselves during execution, so literals are indeed constant; their value is written at compile-time and is read-only at run time. In contrast, values placed in variables or files and accessed by the process via a symbolic name, can be changed during execution. This may be an asset. For example, messages can be given in a choice of languages by placing the translation in a file. Literals are used when such modification is not desired. The name of the file mentioned above (not its content), or a physical constant such as 3.14159, might be coded as a literal. Literals can be accessed quickly, a potential advantage of their use. (1996-01-23)Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
150 Moby Thesaurus words for "literal": Christian, abecedarian, accepted, allographic, alphabetic, approved, arid, authentic, authoritative, barren, basic, bona fide, boring, candid, canonical, capital, card-carrying, colorless, conventional, correct, customary, denotative, dictionary, dinkum, down-to-earth, dry, dull, earthbound, essential, etymological, evangelical, exact, faithful, firm, following the letter, genuine, good, graphemic, honest, honest-to-God, humdrum, ideographic, inartificial, infecund, infertile, lawful, legitimate, lettered, lexical, lexigraphic, lifelike, literatim, logogrammatic, logographic, lower-case, majuscule, matter-of-fact, minuscular, minuscule, mundane, natural, naturalistic, objective, of the faith, original, orthodox, orthodoxical, pictographic, precise, proper, prosaic, prosing, prosy, pure, real, realistic, received, right, rightful, scriptural, semantic, simon-pure, simple, simplistic, sincere, sound, staid, standard, sterling, stolid, strict, stuffy, sure-enough, tedious, textual, traditional, traditionalistic, transliterated, true, true to life, true to nature, true to reality, true-blue, unadulterated, unaffected, unassumed, unassuming, unbiased, uncial, uncolored, uncomplicated, unconcocted, uncopied, uncounterfeited, undisguised, undisguising, undistorted, unembellished, unexaggerated, unfabricated, unfanciful, unfeigned, unfeigning, unfictitious, unflattering, unideal, unimaginative, unimagined, unimitated, uninspired, uninvented, uninventive, unoriginal, unpoetic, unprejudiced, unpretended, unpretending, unqualified, unromantic, unromanticized, unsimulated, unspecious, unsynthetic, unvarnished, upper-case, verbal, verbatim, veridical, verisimilar, word-for-word